Madison, Wisconsin

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  • Wisconsin became a state May 29, 1848, the 30th state admitted to the Union.
  • Madison became state capital with statehood in 1848, was territorial capital from 1836
  • Incorporated: 1846
  • Name Origin: Named for James Madison (1751-1836)

Madison was a wilderness when the legislature selected the site for the state capital and the state university. Today a beautiful white granite classic-domed capitol dominates the center of this “City of Four Lakes.”

The 900-acre University of Wisconsin-Madison lies along the shore of Lake Mendota; hear Sunday concerts at the Carillon Tower; see artworks from 2300 BC to the present at Chazen Museum.

Frank Lloyd Wright left a rich architectural heritage in Madison. There are numerous buildings from the Prairie School movement such as Airplane House, Lamp House, Jacobs I house and more.

Madison’s Henry Vilas Park Zoo is world-famous for its successful orangutan, Siberian tiger, and camel breeding programs; camel rides are available there. Tour from Madison to Wisconsin Dells; see Baraboo, the original home of Ringling Brothers Circus.

Key Words: lakes, university, carillon, Wright, zoo

Things To Love About Madison

The user-friendly town square and the Saturday Farmers Market; Wisconsin cave-aged cheese; the hillsides overflowing with summer crops; the capitol open to all, showing off its glamour yet sporting a tomato patch on the lawn; the sense of abundance, and fun.

Blogs To Read About Madison

Looking For Cheese

Eating Out Is A Responsibility

Lake, City, Lake

The Town Square

Just Talking

Saturday’s Scene

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 233,209, 15th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 3,037 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 76.79 square miles
  • Elevation: 863 feet, 16th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 26/11, July 82/61. Annual rainfall: 35 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Yahara River. Wingra Creek. Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa.
  • Mountains near: Upland Highlands. Timms Hill, in the north central part of the state, is the highest point in Wisconsin at 1,951 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Saint Paul, MN and Springfield, IL 261; Des Moines, IA 295; Indianapolis, IN 331
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 847

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 233,209           Population
  • 17.5%               Under 18
  • 9.6%                Over 65
  • 7.4%                Asian
  • 7.3%                Black
  • 6.8%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.4%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 75.7%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 15.0%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 94.5%              High School Graduate
  • 52.9%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 18.4%              Below Poverty Level
  • $30,595          Per Capita Income
  • $54,093          Median Household Income
  • $219,600        Median Value of Home
  • 51.4%              Home Ownership